Chasing the Dollar

1Timothy 6:3:10
If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought noting into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich will fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root for all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

How many get rich quick schemes do we hear and see advertised on radio and television? Thousands upon thousands, right? Everyone wants to be rich. There was even a song back in the '80's, "I want to be Rich". We think that if we can figure how to get rich, we won't have any more problems. It is true that money does make the world go around. Where does chasing the dollar become dangerous?

I'm sure that everyone can relate to the message in this article. I too have had an apple out of this bag. We want to have a lot of money because money equals financial freedom. Having a lot of money gives us the ability to self-indulge. We know all that today's world is all about me, me , me! We want to have nice clothes, nice vehicles, a big fancy house. Chasing the dollar can become very hazardous to our spiritual, mental, and physical health. I want to deal with the spiritual part.

Remember when God said, "thou shalt put no other gods before me"? If money becomes our primary focus, we lose sight of God. We put trying to get rich before God. When you eat, sleep, and breathe money, it has become your god. This is why we have to be mindful of what money can do to us. Our focus should be on having a closer walk with Jesus. We should wake up and go to sleep with that on our minds. The Bible tells us that God will provide everything that we need. He even knows how many hairs are on our heads. I don't know how many hairs I have on my head, do you? We should take comfort and delight in working on becoming better Christians. Once we can achieve that, we will be blessed with everything we need to live and some of the things we want. Don't allow yourselves to become greedy and think that you have to have name brand clothing, a luxury vehicle, living in a mansion. I know, it is sometimes hard to think this way. We work hard and we want to have nice things, things that we want. Our problem is that we allow our wants to control us so much that we often skip out on our needs in order to fulfill our wants. That is what is dangerous about greed and the love of money along with taking focus off of God. Losing sight of God can be deadly.

People will go to any extent for financial gains. They will invest every nickel they have in the stock market; people will gamble their money away at a chance to "hit it big". How many of you buy lottery tickets each week trying to hit the jackpot? Is that spending your money wisely? Doesn't God tell us to be good stewards of our money? If we start thinking in different terms, we can start being good stewards of our money. Here are the terms: all money in the world, isn't it really God's money? We really aren't handling our finances, we are handling God's finances, God's money. Would God tell us to buy $10 worth of lottery tickets? No He would not. Instead, God says to give 10% of what we make to Him. Remember when Jesus was brought a Roman coin that has Caesar's picture on it and He was being asked about paying taxes to Caesar? Jesus said, "give what is Caesar's to Caesar and what is God's to God". Are you giving God His fair share? If you can learn to do this faithfully, I guarantee that you will be blessed like you never dreamed of. You might say, "I'm down to my last $10". Keep it and it will be your last; give it to God and the last shall be the first.

Money can really corrupt people's mind. Chasing the dollar can get people into big trouble. Do not allow money to become your god. Put God first, chase after Him, and money will no longer be of your concern. You will have everything you need plus everlasting joy that no one will be able to take away. If you don't live with that kind of joy today, then please, pray the Prayer of Faith and give your life to Jesus. We love you and God bless you!


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